Bowdoin’s curriculum offers a bold blueprint for liberal education designed to inspire you to become a world citizen and leader with acute sensitivity to the social and natural worlds. Its interdisciplinary focus encourages connections among subjects, helps you discover disciplines that excite your imagination, and gives you practical skills for addressing the challenges of a changing world.
With 33 academic departments, cutting-edge interdisciplinary programs, a flexible curriculum, and lots of opportunity for research, fieldwork, and creativity, a Bowdoin education is highly personal. Over half your non-major credits are up to you, so you can work very deeply in one concentration or two, or try out whole new fields.
Over 60 percent of students complete independent studies, working one-on-one with faculty on topics they co-design. These projects range from directed reading courses, to yearlong research, to creative projects in writing, theater and dance, music and the visual arts. Many of these projects pave the way for honors projects, which are available for students in all majors who are ready for advanced scholarship in their field of study.
First Year Seminars
Inquiry in the Natural Sciences
Exploring Social Differences
Math, Computational or Statistical Reasoning
Visual and Performing Art
Students may choose one of six options to satisfy the major requirement at Bowdoin, departmental majors, double major, coordinate major, interdisciplinary major, student designed major, or any of the preceding with a departmental minor. Learn more about Choosing a Major »
The Distribution Requirements include one required course in each of the following areas, some of which may fulfill a major or divisional requirement as well: